Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bucket List?

Aaron and I have been discussing some things that are making me crabby, so I'm going to steal this fun list from Stacie instead of writing my own post today. It kind of makes me depressed because a lot of them I haven't done, but I've never been to Europe, and that would eliminate about a third of the list, I believe.

Also, this list is a lot like Maggie's, so maybe I'll have to sit down and write a personalized one sometime. Because to be honest, a lot of these things I'm not that interested in accomplishing!

I've starred my own experiences, and just for fun, italicized the Europe ones. You know, to make myself feel better. You're also supposed to add one of your own, so I'll do that, too.

1. Started your own blog*
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band * (school band counts I think)
4. Visited Hawaii* (when I was a baby. I'm counting it, darn it!)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld *
8. Climbed a mountain * (define "mountain"...)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo*
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch *
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables*
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight *
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort *
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset *
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise*
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person *
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied*
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke *
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight *
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling *
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud *
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China*
57. Started a business *
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen*
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching*
63. Got flowers for no reason *
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check *
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy *
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial *
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt*
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired/laid off from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone *
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle*
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem (not Europe, but close enough...)
84. Had your picture in the newspaper *
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House *
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (1/2*...I helped prepare)
88. Had chickenpox *
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury*
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club*
93. Lost a loved one *
94. Had a baby **
95. Seen the Alamo in person*
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone *
99. Been stung by a bee *
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person*
101. Learned to play an instrument *
102. Kissed the Blarney Stone
103. Ridden a camel
104. Served in the military
105. Swam in a bayou
106. Helped with harvest *
107. Been arrested
108. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at a time
109. Owned too many shoes*
110. Been pulled over for speeding *
111. Been in a car accident
112. Touched a real glacier*
113. Camped in Norway
114. Swam in the Iceland natural pools (heated by hot springs)
115. Been inside a cave
116. Drove a combine
117. Rode a horse *
118. Had a child puke/pee on you *
119. Held a baby pig
120. Helped deliver a baby animal
121. Climbed to the top of the world's longest suspension bridge
122. Slept an entire night in your car *
123. Driven a 15-passenger van.*

Okay, so maybe it was only 20% or so in Europe. Still.


Noel said...

The Europe stuff in the list is kind of touristy. My personal Europe list includes...

(1) Visited the 12th century Norwegian stave church just down the valley from where my ancestors and relatives have been living for hundreds of years.

(2) Jumped naked in a hole in the ice on a Finnish lake after taking a sauna with work colleagues in a traditional smoke sauna.

(3) Eaten lunch in the old city section of Stockholm.

(4) Eaten reindeer, cloud berries, and tar ice cream in Finland.

(5) Visited Roman ruins (Trier, Germany) which were standing at the time of Christ.

(6) Seen vinyards along the Mosel River which are used in making Riesling wines.

(7) Visited the Deutches Museum in Munich.

(8) Cruised the fjords in Norway.

(9) Travelled through East Friesland in Germany where my other half of my ancestry comes from.

(10) Been inside an 18th century windmill in Holland.

Stacie said...

Better visit Europe! :) PS...my link doesn't work!

Noel said...

Lyz, is the emphasis on Europe items an attempt to divert our attention away from the farm child stuff you haveN'T done? As a city cousin, I get a higher country rating then you do.

Lyz said...

Noel - HA! You are right. I am ashamed of my lack of farm experiences. My sibs and I were fairly firmly divided - boys outside, girls inside. So no, I never killed an animal myself (although I did watch) or see an animal give birth. I never drove a combine, but I did drive a tractor and/or Farmhand a couple times. I was never in a car accident, but was certainly in several scrapes.

I DID: Jump haystacks/bales, dust the 5000 ledges in an old farmhouse, help with branding cattle, help butcher rabbits and chickens, shovel manure 2 ft. deep, herd cows on foot, jump off the roofs of barns (yes, it was low, okay?!)

I was a bit of a princess, but I kind of think that the "city cousins" did more showy stuff (like driving the combine) when they came to visit than what the actual kids did on a regular basis. Except my brothers. They worked their farmer rear ends off.

Ruth said...

'kay, I totally skipped through that list because...

liz, when we are old enough to leave our families for a few weeks at a time, we will go to Europe together. No one else understands the my travel rules and priorities quite like family. And i would drink a lot less with you along.